Chiefs Player Quotes
May 29, 2013
QB ALEX SMITH
Q: How has practice been going and the tempo?
SMITH: “As far as moving the spot of the ball, it’s kind of nice sometimes. It makes it easier on the offensive guys when you do get a chunk play and you don’t have to run all the way back and start over again. It’s nice to get a little simulation, working on some situational stuff out here.”
Q: Is Junior Hemingway kind of emerging in this OTA?
SMITH: “I think he’s doing a great job. He’s had a little window here where he’s getting a little more opportunities because Dex (Dexter McCluster) hasn’t been out here the last couple days. He’s gotten a lot of work and really making the most of it. He’s a guy we’re really moving around a lot. He’s gotten good work.”
Q: Your pistol expert is in town. How’s that?
SMITH: “Yeah, we’re getting a lot of questions answered, that’s for sure. It’s great to have him here, obviously. A guy with that kind of knowledge is great to have around the building. I’m making the most of it.”
Q: How has the team bonding been going on and off the field?
SMITH: “I think it’s going great. The important stuff is out here. It takes place in this building and in the meeting rooms. We have great turnout. I think all the guys here are working hard, committed, putting in the time. I think that’s the most important thing. Just that, spending time around each other and putting the work in with each other is going to make a big difference down the line.”
Q: How do you make sure this stuff carries over to training camp?
SMITH: “For me, that stuff takes care of itself. It’s the little things you’re preparing every day, that stuff just takes care of itself. I don’t think any of us are thinking about training camp at this point. We have two more this week. We’ve got another one tomorrow. We’re going to go in and look at the film today and get ready. Like I said, I think you just keep taking it on and continue doing the little things the right way and all that stuff will take care of itself.”
Q: What have you seen from Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin?
SMITH: “They’re doing a great job. Everybody across the board is putting in a lot of work and those two guys, especially working with the first unit. We’re getting a lot thrown at us and those guys are making a lot of adjustments. They’re two big targets, really big targets. Dwayne is a really special player. You can see it out here making plays. Anything near him he seems to come down with. That’s what you like as a quarterback, but those guys are doing a great job.”
Q: Are you planning anything with the wide receivers during your time off before camp?
SMITH: “If I am, I’m not going to tell you about it. We’ll see. Obviously that’s something we’ll take into account. I’m thinking about it, but yeah, potentially.”
Q: What’s the experience been like for you coming over to a new team?
SMITH: “It’s been great. It’s been football coming in here and getting to work. I feel like I’ve been itching for this for a long time. I was sitting there watching last year. I’ve said this before, but this is what I wanted. I’m just trying to make the most of it.”
K RYAN SUCCOP
Q: What difference has the new coach made for you on special teams?
SUCCOP: “Obviously with Dave and Kevin O’Dea coming here, they both kind of do different things for us. They’re both great coaches if you look at the success they had in Chicago. We’re looking to bring it here and have the same success and really help us win some games. For me, in particular, I work a lot with Kevin because he’s more of the kicking coach and really understands the fundamentals and the mechanics. It’s been really a blessing to be able to work with him because he’s able to point out things that I didn’t realize I was doing wrong. It’s going to make a big difference. I’m really excited about it.”
Q: Are you surprised you’re the only kicker in camp?
SUCCOP: “No. I like getting all the reps. I think that’s a good way to do it. I just have to go out and keep hitting the ball well and not worry about anything else.”
P DUSTIN COLQUITT
Q: How does having a new special teams coach change things for you?
COLQUITT: “A lot. Dave came in here with a lot of good things that happened in Chicago. We’re hoping he brings that here. He was able to do a lot of things, obviously, when he had Devin Hester. There’s a lot of key things that you have to get. You have to have guys getting blocks, hustling, not holding, and that’s what he brought. That’s what he’s doing here. We can’t have two or three bad plays. We don’t have any plays that we can give up. We need to be good on every play, and that’s what he brings. Everybody knows that there is a lot expected on every play. We’re lucky to get him and Kevin. Those guys do a great job, and we’re looking forward to working with them.”
Q: How can you personally improve on what you did last year?
COLQUITT: “More inside the 20. I have to get that number up there in the mid-40s. I showed that I could do it last year and I need to do it again this year. That’s one thing that we’ve had a lot of fun watching over on the sidelines is the defense fly around. We have a lot of Pro Bowlers on that side of the ball. I have to set them up and be there for Succop. He’s capable of doing a lot of good things like he has the last four. We have to make these next four really good for him as well.”
NT DONTARI POE
Q: Are we going to see that dance in a game if you return a pick again?
POE: “I hope so. I don’t have to get any fines or anything like that for the team, but I hope so.”
Q: You almost have to though, don’t you?
POE: “Hey, who knows.”
Q: A lot of the defensive linemen have been able to get their hands on the ball.
POE: “Yeah. Any way we can disrupt the offense and the quarterback, getting our hands up to get there. That’s the first thing we do as d-linemen. You just put your hands up and hopefully you knock the ball down.”
RB KNILE DAVIS
Q: What’s going on with you?
DAVIS: “Just a lot of learning and getting used to the playbooks and things like that. Having fun and enjoying myself.”
Q: You’re returning some kicks right now in OTAs. When was the last time you did that?
DAVIS: “I did in high school. I did a little bit in college, but I never did it in a live game. I was the backup to Dennis Johnson, so I was more of a practice guy. I like the idea.”
Q: What kind of adjustment is that, is it difficult?
DAVIS: “The hardest part to me, because in college, you’re allowed to catch it on your back leg and judge it and just catch it and field it. But in the league, they want you to catch it on the run, so it’s a little harder because you’ve got to judge it just right or it’ll be a big mistake. It’s probably the only little adjustment that I had to make.”
Q: Did you ever think to yourself in college ‘If I’m going to make it in the NFL, I might have to return kicks?’
DAVIS: “I know the NFL is big on special teams because it’s a short roster – 53-man roster – so you need guys to participate and compete hard on special teams. So I knew there was a chance that I’d be doing special teams, and I am. I’m doing a lot, I’m doing kickoff return, punt return, kickoff, I’m doing pretty much all of them except field goal. So I knew it was a possibility that I’d be on some kind of special teams.”
Q: What can you learn and take from a guy like Jamaal Charles?
DAVIS: “The number one thing is his work ethic, he works hard. And he’s smart. He’s been in the league six years now, so he knows the ins and the outs of the NFL on and off the field. He’s been helping me on and off the field just with different little things. I’ve learned a lot and I’m looking forward to continuing to learn from him.”
LB CHAD KILGORE
Q: A few weeks in to OTAs, how are things going for you?
KILGORE: “I think I’m getting a lot more comfortable out there. I think things are progressing pretty well. I’m shaping up good to go into training camp this fall.”
Q: How does this experience compare to what you went through with Oakland last year?
KILGORE: “I’m accustomed to things a little more because Oakland brought me in the day before camp, so it was kind of chaos when I was there. But I’m getting to learn everything here, so it’s a lot easier process here this time around.”
Q: What kinds of things do you need to display to impress your defensive coordinator and the other coaches here to prove that you should have a roster spot?
KILGORE: “They need to see guys that can stand out, make plays and be consistent. I think mainly special teams is an area that I’m going to have to excel on this preseason to have a shot at a roster spot.”
Q: What do you think of Bob Sutton as your defensive coordinator and what he brings in with the defense?
KILGORE: “I think he’s bringing in a new culture for the defense. He talks about culture all the time. We need to set the tempo every day and play fast and physical. Yesterday wasn’t a great day for us, today we kind of bounced back. I think he has a lot to do with that.”